Conservative MEPs condemn Spaniards' Gibraltar gun incursion

26-Jun-2013 @ 9:0

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The three British Conservative MEPs who represent Gibraltar in the European Parliament last night issued an unqualified condemnation after it emerged that a shot had been fired from Spanish vessel during an incursion into territorial waters around The Rock.
Giles Chichester, Ashley Fox and Julie Girling described the incident as reckless and provocative.
They spoke out after Europe Minister David Lidington revealed that an officer aboard a Guardia Civil boat had fired a weapon during an illegal incursion into British Gibraltar territorial waters on Sunday.
The three, whose constituency is officially designated the South West of England and Gibraltar, said: "Sadly incursions into our waters by the Guardia Civil have increased in frequency recently.
"They are a form of international political posturing by a struggling government which hopes to distract attention from its domestic failures.
"As such they are an unwelcome and aggressive irritant.
"However, for a shot to be fired will push to a new level the offence caused to the people of Gibraltar. This action is wholly illegal and as provocative as it is reckless.
"We wholeheartedly back the British Government's demand that Spain should explain its actions. We believe it should also apologise and offer a solemn assurance that there will be no repetition of such foolishness."
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